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Eric33 added a video. 42 minutes ago

Bluesette

Played on Suzuki SCX-48 during practice hour.

jeremyh replied to the topic 'August songs of the month that weren't chosen' in the forum. 2 hours 3 minutes ago

Another good effort. I didn't vote for it because I always think of it sung, but hearing your version I might learn it, at least as an instrumental break.

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richardarmstrong replied to the topic 'August songs of the month that weren't chosen' in the forum. 2 hours 21 minutes ago

Whiskey in the Jar.Tootler wrote:

Nice one, Richard. I liked the little bits of improvisation. What was the backing track you used?

Thanks Tootler, I found the backing on youtube somewhere.....it was a little slow so I.lifted the tempo. 1.5 mins long .....thought to double it up but decided to leave it.
Richard

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BruceRoscoe replied to the topic 'Harp cleaning' in the forum. 3 hours 13 minutes ago

Thank you Reed. I think the screws were a little to tight. I'm going to see what happens with that fix first. Maybe that was my problem all along.

Bruce

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Tootler replied to the topic 'Steve Vai on harmonica' in the forum. 3 hours 23 minutes ago

Reed Smith wrote:

Playing over vocals has always been a no no, playing between vocal phrases is the way to go.

I'm not sure I entirely agree with the first part of that statement. I've seen fiddle and guitar and flute and guitar accompanying vocals where the fiddle/flute played along with the vocals. It's a case of how you approach it. In both cases the fiddle/flute would either play a counter melody or arpeggios in long notes along with the vocal being careful to keep volume down to let the singer come through, then add flourishes between lines of the song, between verses or when given an instrumental break. It's a matter of realising your role is to support the vocal not dominate it and using your judgement on how to do that. I guess it's also a matter of genre and what's accepted practice in the genre. The cases I mention here were folk groups and most of the discussion in this thread has been around rock/blues or related styles where wind instruments generally are played as fills between between the vocals rather than as alongside vocals.

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Tootler replied to the topic 'August songs of the month that weren't chosen' in the forum. 3 hours 43 minutes ago

Nice one, Richard. I liked the little bits of improvisation. What was the backing track you used?

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Tootler thanked AndyT in topic August songs of the month that weren't chosen 3 hours 47 minutes ago
Tootler replied to the topic 'August songs of the month that weren't chosen' in the forum. 3 hours 47 minutes ago

jeremyh wrote:

Well played Tootler, I like the tone too, maybe a bit melodeony? Do you make the ukelele or the tune track first?

Thanks. I wasn't sure if the tone was right for the style of music but it seems to have gone well as I had good feedback on the ukulele forum as well.

To answer your question, with these tunes, I made the harp track first then added the ukulele. I play for ceilidhs so I am usually OK with keeping the rhythm steady so I can usually add the uke track over it and keep a nice steady beat. Some people like to play over a click track which helps them keep everything right but I find it hinders rather than helps very often.

With Beer Barrel Polka where there was some rhythmic variety, I made a midi track of the melody and added a click to it to help me keep track of the long held notes and then played each part to that. It was a case of lay down the recorder track while playing back the midi, mute it so you only hear the midi, record the harp, mute that then record the ukulele. I then muted the midi track and mixed the recorder, harp and ukulele. I do most of my You Tube videos using a Tascam DP006 multi track recorder. It's a basic four track recorder, two of the tracks are stereo but can be converted to mono and it works well for what I do. I export the tracks and the mix to my PC and use Audacity for further processing. The midi file, I created on the PC and exported to the Tascam as a WAV.

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Tootler thanked jeremyh in topic August songs of the month that weren't chosen 4 hours 5 minutes ago
richardarmstrong and 2 others have commented on gunsmoke's video 4 hours 53 minutes ago

Thoughtfully played Gunsmoke.

Sweet Hour Of Prayer

via YouTube Capture

richardarmstrong commented on Le Chef's video 5 hours 2 minutes ago

Love that song,,,,,,You both played very well .

Old Cape Cod

Me on left and me on right!

richardarmstrong replied to the topic 'August songs of the month that weren't chosen' in the forum. 5 hours 23 minutes ago

I think that leaves only one August tune noit chosen...........WHISKEY IN THE JAR.
Here is my take on the song. I was very surprised that it didn't fare well in the vote!

The link youtu.be/VDWHM8dlYfk

Regards all . Richard

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richardarmstrong replied to the topic 'August songs of the month that weren't chosen' in the forum. 5 hours 31 minutes ago

I enjoyed that Tootler.
Richard

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richardarmstrong replied to the topic 'August songs of the month that weren't chosen' in the forum. 5 hours 34 minutes ago

nicely played AndyT.
Richard

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jeremyh replied to the topic 'August songs of the month that weren't chosen' in the forum. 5 hours 42 minutes ago

Well played Tootler, I like the tone too, maybe a bit melodeony? Do you make the ukelele or the tune track first?

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Reed Smith replied to the topic 'Harp cleaning' in the forum. 10 hours 52 minutes ago

@BruceRoscoe,
Mineral oil, but lightly. Hold the instrument vertically on a paper towel with the low end
on the towel and the button end up. Tilt the harmonica to the right a few degrees and apply
the oil as you work the shuttle to free it up. If this isn't your fix, the screws on the mouthpiece
may be too tight, causing the shuttle/slide to bind.
Regards, Reed
"Breathe The Harmonica"

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